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Ash spiral staircase at home in Scotland

21 September 2016

A solid ash staircase from British Spirals & Castings forms the tranquil centre point of a new cottage on the rugged northern coast of Scotland.



Owners, Roy and Carol Champion, were keen for the new home to do justice to the natural splendour of the surrounding Scottish countryside. It was in the design stage that the couple decided to include a timber spiral staircase in the centre of the open plan living space. The staircase gracefully reaches up from the ground floor to the vaulted first storey:

“We came across British Spirals and Castings whilst searching online and requested a brochure. It was not only one of the first to arrive through the post, but we were extremely impressed by what we saw.  It just so happened that we were due to travel through the area so we stopped by at the showroom to talk to the owners. Once we saw the beauty and quality of the staircases in real life, nothing else would do. Richard and Antonia Harding were helpful in working out the measurements and gave us a quote later that night.”


The Champions chose a classic solid ash spiral staircase with turned balusters, newels and centre pole bobbins.  A matching balustrade was fitted for the well opening on the landing. They also followed the Harding’s suggestion to rotate the staircase from its original orientation in order to make the best use of the space.

Richard Harding, the Managing Director of British Spirals and Castings, explained: “This was a really interesting project as it required us to build the staircase at the same time the house was being built. We liaised closely with the house manufacturer and the builder to ensure that the staircase fits the ceiling height and to clarify the positioning of the joists and other structural elements. As with 95% of our staircases, no site visit was required. All of this meant that the final installation went without an issue.”


“The staircase has completely transformed the room” Roy concluded, “it is a piece of architectural beauty that everyone comments on.”

British Spirals & Castings have been designing and manufacturing bespoke spiral stairs, straight staircases and balconies since 1980; all hand crafted here in the UK to each customer’s requirements.

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